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RATINGS: 84   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
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A strong crimson ale aged in Woodcut barrels innoculated with a house brettanomyces strain.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 17, 2012
A steady pour into my Bruery tulip produces an initially three finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head that slowly overflows quite a bit over the sides of my glass. The beer is a dark amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, gold tinged, red hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells fruity, like citrusy hops, berry like notes, maybe a touch of herbal character, a touch of funkiness, and a supporting rich maltiness that contributes lots of toasted brown bread maltiness, and spicy whole grain cracker character.

Lightly tart tasting, it has a light funky phenolic character in the finish, and there is a rich maltiness in the middle; this last contributes rich, toasted whole grain notes, and even a chewy, richly caramelized grain note. The finish is a bit sharp with some phenols as well as a touch of herbal hop bitterness. The beer has a rich body to it that gives it a richness, though without being cloying. The oak character provides lots of spiciness here as well as some astringency and even herbal accentuating woody notes here. Hop notes of ruby red grapefruit zest, accentuated a berry like fruitiness, and even a touch of floral cherry. This is only lightly tart and lightly funky; the Brettanomyces is only subtly here, but it is noticeable and does add to the complexity of this brew. As the beer it gets a touch more tart and fruity, which helps to soften the oak a bit as well as balance out the rich maltiness.

A really nice brew to sip on slowly over the course of an evening. It is really well balanced between the malt, oak, hops and Brettanomyces characters. Really in the end it is the balance that makes this beer so nice, it doesn’t have any particular unique quality about it, and if it was missing one of its sum of its parts it wouldn’t be nearly as tasty and enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (4837) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - OCT 9, 2012
Where the Wild Beers Are 2012. The high abv is well hidden. Some oak in the aroma, as well as yeast. Lightly sour and dry. Cloudy.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smith4498 (3214) - Miami, Florida, USA - OCT 2, 2012
Bottle from a trade with cbkschubert. Pours clear copper color with off white head. Caramel and dark fruit aroma with oak. Caramel and plum flavors with some tart cherries, oak and brown sugar. Medium body with moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Thanks Craig.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (5337) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2012
Sampled at 4 Hands cellar night. Kind of whiskey colored. An aroma that brings out the oak and some must. Fruit is interesting. The flavor is oak barrel, funk. And unidentifiable fruit. Very intetesting. Not really a sour.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (1981) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Bottle shared at Ale Alpharetta. This one was a crazy ass brew that I really got into after the first taste. Pours a red/brown, tan head. Aroma is fruity tart, a bit of the brett funkiness, some spice, oak. Taste is yeast, funk, fruity, oak, musty, some faint pie spice. I dug it.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pinkzambia (1577) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Tap: Unfiltered red brown with an off-white head and sticky lacing. Aromas of wood, apples with an astringent flavor and feel with a tad bit of sour apples in the aftertaste. Not bad, but I do prefer other sour ales to this.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ManvsCity (183) - Redmond, Washington, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Big frothy beige head out of the bottle diminished to a solid but thin layer with serious lacing. Aroma is nice with sharp sourness like fresh granny smith apples, lots of oak, and apricots. Almost no hop bitterness or aroma. Pretty straightforward oak flavor mixed with a nice maltiness, but mostly taste the brett sourness. Has an overly bold dry oak aftertaste with hints of anise.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brucebruce81 (287) - Wyoming, USA - JUL 21, 2012
This beer is really good its smoothe and not very hoppy that goes along with the style

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (4521) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 20, 2012
750 thanks to Sparky. Big malty caramel nose. No sour for me here - via description. But apricots and oak. Some banana. Brown sugar sweetness. Nice carbonation. Nice overall.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
phaleslu (7208) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2012
750 ml bottle from Randall’s. Pours a deep, clear amber with just a little bit of plum coloring and a huge, rocky, frothy off-white head that leaves some spots of lace. The aroma doesn’t have much sourness, but a lot of oak and sweet malts, with some dark and dried fruits (plums, figs), brown sugar, winter spices, and booze. The flavor is equally oaky, sweet, and boozy, and has a long note that comes across as one of those spiced booze cakes you’d get around Christmas. The sourness is minimal, and comes across as berry-like tartness. Medium-full bodied, with moderate carbonation on the palate and a sweet, boozy mouthfeel. As a sour it’s mild, but as anything else it’s pretty intense.


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